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Democrats at this hour are packing a county committee meeting (top photo) in Cooperstown’s Village Hall, where, energized by President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, nominees stepped forward to fill all committee vacancies, setting the stage for vigorous county board campaigns in next fall’s elections. “I know you’re disappointed in Trump,” said County Chair Richard Abbate. “I know you are disappointed in Congress. But we can change that.” He went on to say that capturing the county board in 2017 would set the stage to mount a strong 19th District congressional campaign in 2018. Below left, CCS grad MacGuire Benton accepts applause after being affirmed as chair of the Young Democrats organization. Center, Abbate applauds attendees on filling all vacancies. Lower right, Aimee Swann of Oneonta accepts a committee appointment. In the top photo, front-row attendees include, from left, Village Trustee Richard Sternberg; Melinda Hardin, who organized a 90-attendee political wake the weekend after the Nov. 8 elections; Anne Geddes-Atwell, the former Otsego town supervisor who recently changed her registration from Republican to Democrat; county Rep. Kay Stuligross of Oneonta; former village Trustee Lynn Mebust, and former county rep Ed Lentz, Garrattsville.  The gathering cut across the county geographically, from Dennis Laughlin, the Cherry Valley attorney, to county Rep. Andrew Stammell and Oneonta school board member Dan Buttermann.  (Jim Kevlin/


Clinton / Trump debate gathering at the Home of Richard and Rosemary Abbate Cooperstown September 26, 2016

Thank you to all who attended our
Otsego County Democratic Committee 

Henry J Nichols Dinner
at the 
The Foothills Performing Arts Center
24 Market Street, Oneonta NY

Saturday Evening September 10, 2016

Our 2016 Honored Guest

Irene Stien - chair of the Democratic Rural Conference of New York State

Irene Stein
Chair of the Democratic Rural Conference 
and the 
Tompkins County Democratic Committee

Our Special Guests

Keynote Speaker
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli 
Assemblyman Bill Magee

Dinner provided by Mel's at 22, Cooperstown, NY

Thank you for supporting the Otsego County Democratic Committee


Photos of our OCDC
Reception for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman,

with Congressional Candidate Zephyr Teachout

at the home of Dr. Richard Sternberg Cooperstown, NY
July 22, 2016
(click any picture to enlarge)


     New York State Agency List


County Delegation Hears

Bill Clinton At Albany Gala

Otsego County was well represented at the Democratic Rural Conference that Friday evening featured a gala at the Desmond Americana where former President Bill Clinton keynoted. Seated from left are Cooperstown Village Trustee Richard Sternberg, Rosemary Abbate of Cooperstown with her husband, Richard, the county Democratic chairman, and Democratic County Elections Commissioners Mike Henrici.  Standing, from left, are Dennis Laughlin, Cherry Valley, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig.  Attending with President Clinton, a surrogate for his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, were Governor Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-NY.    “She’s always had your back,” he was quoted as saying in published reports.  “There is hardly a place you go Upstate where she can’t site some specific thing she did for somebody.”  (Jim Dean photo)


                                                                      By: Jim Kevlin 

                                                              DEMOCRATS  BACK ZEPHYR
                                         Koch Brothers’ ‘Dark Money’

Headed To 19th, She Reports

COOPERSTOWN – Despite a forceful presentation by her primary opponent that 
    appeared to take her by surprise, Zephyr Teachout won the support of the Otsego County Democratic Committee a few minutes ago in her bid to replace retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson in the 19th District this fallTeachout, who 
    reminded her audience she won 71 percent of Otsego County voters in her 2014     
primary bid against Governor Cuomo, was endorsed by almost all the two dozen county committee members 
who gathered this evening in Village Board chambers at 22 Main

Only three – County Rep. Andrew Stammel, D-Town of Oneonta, Springfield Town Supervisor Bill Elsey, and SUNY Oneonta poly-sci associate professor Brett Heindl – supported Will Yandik, a farmer, environmentalist, town board member and Princeton grad (he told of receiving a shotgun as a graduation present) who is vying with Teachout in the April 19 primary.

A fourth, former Oneonta mayor Kim Muller, abstained.

A revelation from Teachout:   She told the 50 party faithful she just learned the Koch brothers have targeted the district – apparently one of a dozen considered in contention nationwide – for “big money, dark money.”

In his remarks, Yandik stressed his Upstate roots as a fourth-generation farmer in Ulster County, noting he won scholarships to Brown and Princeton, but “I’ve come full circle because I believe in this place.”

He touched on a number of issues of local interest — tourism, craft foods, microbrewing, broadband — and peppered his remarks with data specific to Otsego County.  For instance, that tourism generates $22 million in tax revenues locally, reducing every family’s tax burden by $834.  He also noted that one in four local people are over 55, and that’s expected to rise to one in three by 2020.

He said that solar panels are becoming cost-effective and , if elected, he would seek an end to all oil and gas subsidies.

Instead of going to D.C. and seeking to change it, he said his strategy would be to look at local needs and see how federal programs might meet them.

Where Yandik discussed his background and ticked off his list of issues in about 10 minutes, Teachout appeared taken aback and spoke, a bit rambling at points — and admitting as much — for more than twice that.

As if Yandik’s farming credentials put her on the defensive, she described her rural upbringing in Vermont, four miles from the local school, where the school bus — a station wagon — would go no further than three miles.  (To laughs, the slender candidate noted she learned early in her school experience that Zephyr “rhymes with heifer.”)

She reported already receiving 4,000 donations, with an average donation of $28, ($1 more than Bernie Sanders’ vaunted $27 average.)  For his part, Yandik said he’s raised $250,000, and both — in response to a question from Muller — described how they are ramping up their campaigns and bringing aboard political pros to help guide the undertakings.

Teachout also got specific on how she might help localities here, talking about sewer and water money — Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, whose village needs such money, was in the audience — and a bridge to connect Oneonta’s D&H yards to the vicinity of I-88 — Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig was present, too.

She spoke out against Common Core — a hot issue locally in 2014, although less of one now — and reflected how big a help it would be if every teacher in the 19th donated a mere $5 apiece to her campaign.

SUNY Oneonta student Frank Pacella, involved in student campaigns, asked who they are supporting for president.  Yandik said he hasn’t made up his mind, adding, “My head is with Hillary, but my heart is with Bernie.”  Teachout said she  has already supported Sanders, noting that they agree on a central issue:  Getting big money out of politics.

In calling the question, Democratic county chair Richard Abbate noted that the executive committee has already met and endorsed Teachout, and he asked the committee to do the same, which it did.

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Thank you for your supporting our Democratic candidates

Richard Abbate
Otsego County Democratic Committee

Calendar of Events and Important Dates

Governor Andrew M Cuomo
2014 State of the State Address

          Go to Photo Galleries for Pictures of OCDC 2013 Jedediah Peck Annual Dinner 
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Obama Biden

       The Otsego County Democratic Committee fully supports President Barack Obama, 
                         Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

                                                                  Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York

      Andrew M. Cuomo 
  Governor of the State of New York

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand NY
       Senator Kirsten Gillibrand 
                            (click for website)

Senator Charles Schumer NY
                 Senator Charles Schumer
                               (click for website)

Richard D. Abbate

Otsego County Democratic Chair
Many Voices - One County !